A bank account belonging to the country’s football managing board, Zimbabwe Football Association (ZIFA) has been frozen.
The account is said to be holding USD100 000 received from FIFA through the FIFA Forward programme last week.
A local publication, Zim Morning Post, reports that the account was frozen after the debt-ridden ZIFA defied a High Court order to deposit USD518 331,18 owed to its Director of Administration Lazarus Mhurushomana by Monday.
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Mhurushomana was retrenched in 2004 and the money in question is in respect of salary arrears.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post, ZIFA lawyer Chenaimoyo Gumiro confirmed the development saying ZIFA’s chamber urgent application set down for Tuesday was postponed to Wednesday. Gumiro added:
ZIFA indeed received USD100k from FIFA for football development but a former employee one Mr Lazarus Mhurushomana approached the court claiming salary arrears of USD518 331.81.
The Sheriff then issued a writ of attachment and an order to transfer the said amount was granted resulting in this development (of freezing the account).
We have filed an urgent chamber application which was set down for today but was postponed to tomorrow.
ZIFA has always complained of limited fiscal legroom despite qualifying as a beneficiary of FIFA’s US$1 million financial assistance every year starting May last year.
Reports suggest that the Mighty Warriors who recently boycotted an Olympics qualifier match against Zambia received only ZWL$15 via Ecocash for participating in the first leg encounter in Zambia.
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